Has your skin been feeling dry, irritated, and itchy lately? You’re not alone! Dermatitis is a prevalent skin condition, affecting about 3.5% of the population, or about 1 in every 30 people. It’s technically defined by dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Dermatitis may be one of two kinds: atopic dermatitis, which is more about dry skin, and contact dermatitis, which is broken into irritant and allergic contact dermatitis, and which is characterized by a skin rash or irritation at a site where the skin has been in direct contact with an allergen.
Bioderma is a French pharmacy brand that is mostly known for its incredibly popular micellar water. But, Bioderma has a number of other effective and affordable products in their lineup. One of those being the Cicabio Creme which claims to help repair irritated skin by acting on each stage of the biological epidermal reconstruction process. The synergic combination of resveratrol, copper, and Centella Asiatica promotes high-quality epidermal restoration. Zinc prevents bacterial proliferation. The innovative active ingredient Antalgicine quickly relieves feelings of discomfort and reduces the urge to scratch.
Is this the answer for those who suffer from chronic dermatitis and sensitized skin? Let’s take a look.
How to Prevent Skin Irritation
Before we get into reviewing the Cicabio Creme from Bioderma, let’s talk about how you can avoid needing it in the first place! Here are some basic rules to prevent dermatitis:
Only introduce one new skincare product at a time, so you can ascertain what is causing irritation. If you develop stinging, redness, burning, flaking, increasing dryness, or any other form of irritation, discontinue use of the product. (Bonus points if you save your receipt and can bring it back!)
Be careful near the sensitive portions of your face: Nasolabial folds, the creases on each side of the nose, and around the eyes (both upper and lower eyelids). If you notice irritation on these portions of your face, use hydrating products specially formulated for the eyes on each of those locations, or use a hydrating balm before you apply a concentrated and/or potentially-irritating agent.
Be cautious of the weather, foods you eat, and underlying conditions. Sensitivity is often heightened for all persons in cases of extreme heat, cold, humidity, and high winds. Foods that induce inflammation, such as spicy foods, fatty/fried foods, and nearly all dairy, should be eliminated or reduced as much as possible. Finally, rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis may be the cause of your condition if the symptoms don’t go away, so keep a dermatologist on call, just in case!
Avoid skincare products with propylene glycol, benzoic acid, hydroxy acids, and ethanol. While I think propylene glycol and ethanol are great skincare penetration enhancers, benzoic acid is a decent preservative, and hydroxy acids are the bomb for wrinkles and anti-aging, these are also the four ingredients most associated with dermatitis (Cosmetic Dermatology). So if your skin is irritated but you want to continue using great skincare, start by removing only the products with these ingredients.
Vinifera (Grape) Vine Extract
Grapevine extract, also known as “vinfera” is a key ingredient in the Cicabio Creme from Bioderma. This is essentially a concentrate made of stem cells harvested from the grapevine. There are two main types of stem cells found in plants, humans, and animals: embryonic and adult. Grape stem cells are embryonic in nature, which means that they are capable of changing into any type of cell found in the host. Because of this, it is believed that grape flower extracts help to heal aged, sun-damaged skin. Grape skins and grape seeds also contain phenolic compounds like anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, and antioxidants. These compounds help to stabilize collagen, maintain elastin, and reduce swelling while also helping to repair UV damage.
Plant stem cells have become very popular in skincare products as they can stimulate better cell turnover, which helps lead to more youthful skin cells at the surface of the skin, dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban writes in a blog post for Dermstore. “Plant stem cells have a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, helping to protect against sun damage and prevent wrinkles, according to dermatologist Dr. Sonoa Au. There is also evidence that stem cells can promote the production of new collagen, which can also make your skin appear more youthful.”
Copper is another promising ingredient for skin healing, but you don’t see it much in skincare creams. Although the exact mechanism of action is not known at this time, it is known that copper is vital for the function of a powerful natural antioxidant in your skin called superoxide dismutase. Copper is also essential for the cross-linking of collagen and elastin in your skin, suggesting copper may help promote skin rebuilding as it heals.
Personal Use and Opinion
As I have gotten older one thing I’ve noticed is that my skin isn’t as tough as it once was. During transitional seasons and changes in weather, in particular, it will randomly get red, irritated splotches seemingly at random. I have found that the Cicabio Creme from Bioderma is great at alleviating this irritation when I am experiencing a flare-up. I also find it to be very soothing and hydrating as well. And at such an affordable price, I recommend it wholeheartedly.
If you experience frequent irritation or dry, sensitized skin, I would recommend this. At an affordable price point, and with some solid ingredients, I think it’s a great product.